September 21, 1915

Isaac and Margaret celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in grand style on September 21, 1915.  Ten of their children attended.   Isaac’s oldest son, Harvey Taylor Carr, who lived in Minneapolis, did not attend, but Harvey’s daughter,  Estermae (Jean) Carr traveled to Wellman, Iowa for the celebration – probably with her uncle, David Arthur Carr, who also lived in Minneapolis at the time.

Jean wrote about her visit to Wellman in a letter to me, saying “I had no contact with the Carrs while growing up – until their golden wedding.  I was 21 at the time – went to it without an invitation and was treated royally.  Many of them kept in touch with me after that.”  It is because of Jean that I have the original photos taken that day.

Isaac’s account of this special occasion follows.

Tuesday, September 21, 1915  Our 50th Wedding Anniversary & a most beautiful day   our children all at home except for Harvey   we past a most pleasant day   our good children presented us with a most beautiful mahogany Hall clock 8 day with chimes for every quarter hour   Willard  [DeYoe] fixt it in complete running order & it is a fine ornament for any home & every time it strikes the hour it brings the memory of our beloved children   Leslie came early this morning from Dr. Gardners & he & Lavanda staid all day   Our photographer came at 11,40 & took Negatives of the whole group in 4 different settings 

Isaac and Margaret's Wedding Anniversary Photo with their siblings (seated) and their children and grandchildren .  Jean Carr is in the back row, second from the right.
Isaac and Margaret’s Wedding Anniversary Photo with their siblings (seated) and their children and grandchildren (standing) . Jean Carr is in the back row, second from the right.

Then all but Mother & I were called in the parlor & lastly mother & I were escorted in & Willard made a touching & interesting address & presented us with the clock   I responded as best I could  my feelings touched as never before    Several boquets of greenhouse roses   Mr. & Mrs. Shiller sent us a small gold enamel clock   Mrs. McFarlane sent me a very nice Innitial tie holder & mother a nice gold nut spoon & sent a letter expressing her friendship & regards   Mell [Melvin] Squires [Margaret Taylor Carr’s first cousin, once removed] sent fine roses  & a letter with all good wishes  Ezra Bradford sent me a nice gold GAR pin   Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Gardner a nice letter Expressing their regards & friendship   Ellen & John [Brewer] & Add [Addison Taylor] a nice table cloth   we all went to the photographers this pm & sat for pictures & mother & I for one by ourselves   we gave Esther Carr $6 to buy a ticket home to St. Paul & she went at 4-45   Mary went to the train with her  we all had ice cream & cake this eve 

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2 thoughts on “September 21, 1915”

  1. I’ve been following your posts with Isaac’s diary for a long time. Thank you for keeping this going… it’s like a good book. It’s wonderful to see this photo. Reading this post and Isaac’s pride of his family is very touching.

  2. Thank you, Liz. I appreciate your kind thoughts and glad you are enjoying Isaac’s journal entries. I only wish that I had been able to photograph every page of every journal right from the beginning. I’ve been to the Iowa archives where Isaac’s journals are kept three times and have photographed many pages with each visit. I plan to go there again next spring, as I need to fill in some information for the book I’m writing about him. I’ll post those pages once they are transcribed.

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